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Nagasaki Collection – Assembled By Bockscar Assistant Flight Engineer, Raymond Gallagher

Gallagher’s Service Includes Assignments for the Bombing of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki


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Nagasaki Collection. Assembled by Bockscar’s Assistant Flight Engineer, Ray Gallagher. Over 40 items.

This Grouping Includes:

(2) Ray Gallagher photos in uniform, each signed
Dog tags (36708662)
Map glasses used on board Bockscar
Prayer book carried on board Bockscar
Five year diary, 4 x 5-1/2 inches
Post-flight manuscript account: 11-1/2 pages; 9 August 1945
Survival map (silk; two-sided) of the northwest portion of the Pacific
General Order 71, 1-1/2 page typed document 22 Sept, 1945, announcing award of distinguished Flying Cross.
Distinguished Flying Cross, air medal in two cases, 2 bronze stars
$2 bank note signed by all crew members from both flights
Two copies of Time magazine, Pacific Pony edition: No. 8, August 20, 1945 & No. 11,    September 10, 1945
Two books inscribed and signed to Ray Gallagher
Photo of Bockscar
Photos of Fat Man and Little Boy bombs, included being loaded
Six sets of 4 signed First Day Covers
Nine photos of crew members
Six photos of bomb blast and aftermath on ground
typed letters with 4-page script for radio show, November 1945 and more, including Gallagher audio cassettes, videos, nose art photos.

Most photos have official army air force backstamps, most photos are laminated, silk map has been stored folded; overall in very good condition.

Who was Raymond Gallagher?

Chicago native Raymond Gallagher was a member of the Army Air Forces’ 509th Composite Group, which took part in both the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

As a member of the 509th — the top-secret unit trained to drop the atomic bomb — Gallagher flew on the Great Artiste, an observer plane, during the bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. As Assistant Flight Engineer in Bockscar he served during the bombing of Nagasaki on August 9th. Learn More About His Life.
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